Marvel at the grand arch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium that’s 350m long and 106m high. The arch is attached to the roof with 95mm-diametre steel cables.This incredible stadium was built for the FIFA World Cup hosted in 2010 and comprises a hi-tech sky car that delegates can take to the top and see the incredible views at its peak. Your incentive visitors can always tackle the Big Rush Big Swing if they so desire, or simply organise a champagne breakfast and enjoy the view. Delegates will be fascinated to know that the arch weighs a staggering 2600 tones, which is equivalent to approximately 2600 cars.
For romantic or adventurous delegates, take a helicopter ride over the Drakensberg Mountains. Sip on a glass or two of bubbly, snack on canapes or take photographs – regardless of what you do inflight, it will definitely be a memorable experience. Fly over spectacular World Heritage Sites and the battlefields in northern KZN. A helicopter ride over the Drakensberg peaks is an incredible experience that every delegate should experience. From breathtaking sights overlooking the hills, valleys and streams below to whisking through the clouds in the sky high above, this will be one memorable experience. Once you’re done having the thrill of your life, a visit to the Kwa Cheetah Sanctuary is another must.
A perfect venue to enjoy a sunset in Durban definitely has to be MOYO uShaka Restaurant situated on the beachfront pier. Here delegates get to enjoy delicious cocktails and sundowners at the pier bar that stretches into the ocean, giving one perfect views of the Durban coastline. The restaurant boasts two decks but regardless where patrons sit, each visitor is welcomed with incredible views – and of course impeccable service from staff. What’s interesting to note is that MOYO means heart, and it’s a direct translation from Swahili. So if your delegates feel for a refreshing cocktail or delicious meal while having the fresh sea breeze blow through their hair, MOYO uShaka is just the venue.
This includes a visit to the famous Victoria Street Market, the Juma Masjid Mosque (the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere) and past the Hare Krishna Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Chatsworth. There’s so much to see and do in and around Durban, so a good option to explore the city is with a tour on the Durban Ricksha Bus that stops at most of the city’s major attractions. One of the many route highlights the bus will take delegates on includes cultural sites such as the Emmanuel Cathedral, Francis Farewell Square and KwaMuhle Museum. The Victoria Street Market is well known for shoppers looking for great bargains on products and ingredients (spices and curry powders) for cuisine. The Muthi Market, which is buried deep in African culture, is also worth a visit.
With stunning shopping malls popping up all over the province, it’s difficult to decide which one to visit. Should delegates find themselves in Umhlanga, then the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the best option to shop till you drop. It’s considered the biggest mall in the Southern Hemisphere and for good reason: it comprises of over 390 stores, 70 eateries and a host of entertainment for shoppers to enjoy. In Durban’s city centre is the Victoria Street Market, an ideal place for those who want to experience the city’s unique street-shopping culture. Considering there are approximately 170 stalls to choose from, you’re bound to grab a bargain. Besides clothing stalls, the Victoria Street Market is well known for its curry stalls, where shoppers can spice up their culinary skills with an array of curry powders and spices. This is typically unique to Durban’s Indian community.
For delegates who are up for an amazing day of adventure – dive the Aliwal Shoal, bungee jump at Oribi Gorge and take a turn at the Lake Eland Zip Lines (the longest zip line tour in Africa). There’s an array of adventure activities just waiting to be explored down the South Coast, which stretches from Durban, south to the start of the Wild Coast that’s situated in the Eastern Cape. You’ll be in awe at the magnificent Oribi Gorge’s depth and length – 400m deep and 27km long. For those who don’t feel as adventurous to swing on the world’s highest bungee swing that’s located here, then you can visit several reserves that are perfect for bird watching such as the Mpenjati and Vernon Crookes nature reserves.
A trip to KwaZulu-Natal is not complete untill you get an up close and personal encounter with the Big Five at a number of game reserves, including Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park. Why not send your delegates on a safari drive with the “chameleon whisperer” when visiting the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. There are many more options to consider in the province – from AmaKhosi Safari Lodge and Thanda Game Reserve to Nambiti Hills and Leopard Mountain Lodge, these incredible establishments are the perfect venues to witness wildlife at its best. KwaZulu-Natal boasts a beautiful coastline and its inland lush terrain makes for a perfect setting for the Big Five to dwell. But delegates should be prepared when embarking on an outdoor adventure and safari – always ensure you’re well protected with sunscreen, keep insect repellent handy and wear comfortable clothing.
Delve into KwaZulu-Natal’s historic past by visiting the Battlefields Route. It boasts the largest concentration of significant battle- and war-related sites, with 82 battlefields, museums, old fortifications and places of remembrance – more than anywhere else in South Africa. To get a deep understanding of what occurred many decades ago, it’s best for visitors to choose an era, the war that was fought, and the sites you’d like to visit. Once delegates are done exploring the battle sites, there’s plenty more to see and do in the area. Take a game drive in nearby game reserves; enjoy walking trails at the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park or dare yourself to participate in various adventure sports from adventure establishments in the area.